Stormwater Cost Sharing

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The Stormwater Cost Share Reimbursement Program encourages property management to improve water quality. 

The program helps cover the cost of materials, equipment and labor with a 50 percent match for expenses on the following:

  • Rain gardens, bioswales, stream buffers, or native plantings, up to $1,000.
  • Rain barrels, up to $75 each. Limit:  two rain barrels per household. 

Reimbursement is available to applicants on a first come, first serve basis subject to approval of the Stormwater Management.

Reimbursement is not available for new commercial or residential development.

Requirements

  • For reimbursement of rain garden, bioswale, stream buffer or native plantings, the City requires access to your property for evaluation of the project prior to the start of construction, during and after construction of the project is complete.
  • For rain barrel reimbursement, the City requires access to your property for final inspection after the rain barrel is installed and a copy of your receipt is submitted.
  • Implementation of an approved project is the sole responsibility of the property owner.
  • The City is not liable for personal injury or property damage.
  • Projects approved for funding carry no implied warranty by the City.
  • The funded practice shall be maintained for a minimum period of three years.  All maintenance costs are the responsibility of the property owner.
  • The applicant is responsible for obtaining all applicable permits.  The BMP Project Application approval does not constitute a permit. 
  • Underground utilities should be located by the property owner before digging.

Instructions for a Rain Barrel Project
Stormwater Cost Sharing Application
Stormwater Cost Sharing Inspection and Receipts

  • Complete and submit the Stormwater Cost Sharing Application.
    Attach receipt(s) with the application.
  • Submit a request for an Stormwater Cost Sharing Inspection after the project is complete.
    The City will process reimbursement after the project is approved, receipts have been submitted and an inspection has been completed.

Instructions for a Rain Garden, Bioswale, Stream Buffer or Native Plantings Project
Stormwater Cost Sharing Application
Stormwater Cost Sharing Inspection and Receipts

  • Complete and submit the Stormwater Cost Sharing Application.
    Attach the following documents with the application:  Site plan map, cost summary, project schedule and pre-construction photograph(s).
    Cost estimate(s) or quote(s) are required.
    Ensure the application is submitted by the property owner.
  • Wait for notification of approval.
  • Submit a request for an initial inspection before the project is started.
  • Submit a request for a final inspection after the project is complete.
  • Submit final receipts for approval and reimbursement.

The City will process reimbursement after the project is approved, receipts have been submitted and all inspections have been completed.

Additional Resources

Contact Rain Barrels-Gardens at OlatheConnect or call 913-971-9045 for additional information.

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